Crusaders Fall Short To Navy, 4-1, In Game Three Of Patriot League Semifinals
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Holy Cross baseball team (18-27) had its season come to a close on Sunday afternoon, as the Crusaders fell to Navy (38-14) by a score of 4-1 in game three of their semifinal series at Max Bishop Stadium. This was the team’s fourth-straight appearance in the Patriot League Tournament, and marks the first season since 2015 that Holy Cross will not play in the championship series.
Sophomores Chris Rinaldi and Austin Masel each helped lead the offense for the Crusaders, as both batted 2-for-4 on the day. Rinaldi scored the lone run for Holy Cross, while Masel picked up the only RBI of the game for the Crusaders. Jacob Williamson hit 2-for-4 for the Midshipmen while driving in a pair of runs. Evan Lowery hit 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for Navy. Zach Biggers and Christian Hodge also crossed the plate to help secure the win.
Freshman Liam Dvorak was credited with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Andrew Sauer picked up the win foe the Midshipmen, pitching the complete nine innings while allowing just one run and tossing nine strikeouts. Juniors Declan Cronin and Pat McGowan were both named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Navy got out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, adding a run on two hits. Alex Smith hit an RBI ground out as Evan Lowery found his way home from third.
- In the third, the Midshipmen added two more runs as Williamson hit a two RBI single through the left side that brought home Hodge and Biggers.
- The Crusaders added a run in the top of the sixth, as Rinaldi hit a double to get on base then scored on an RBI single from Masel in the next at-bat.
- Senior Austin Cave allowed no hits through his first 2.1 innings of relief before Navy got a runner on base with a double and added their fourth run off a wild pitch.
- The 2018 season has concluded.